20 Nov 2009

Di Toro sneaks through to NEC Masters semis


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Review the first three days of round-robin action and watch player interviews and highlights on the Official NEC Wheelchair Tennis Singles Masters website. The official website will carry live streaming of the finals on Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 November.

A dramatic final day of round-robin competition in Amsterdam, saw David Wagner (USA) come from a set down to secure the remaining place in Saturday's quad singles final at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, while Daniela di Toro (AUS) snatched a last-gasp victory to earn her place in the women's singles semifinals.

In the men's event, defending champion Stefan Olsson (SWE) and Satoshi Saida (JPN) emerged from their pool to reach the semifinals at the expense of top seed and world No. 2 Stephane Houdet (FRA).

Wagner fights back to reach quad final

World No. 1 Wagner saw his quad singles title defence teeter on the edge on Friday as he went a set down to world No. 4 Johan Andersson (SWE) in their decisive last round-robin match. Andersson beat Wagner in the pool phase of last year's NEC Masters before Wagner gained revenge in the final, but the American avoided a round-robin loss this year, dominating the second and third sets to prevail 26 62 62.

Wagner's opponent in Saturday's final is 2006 champion Peter Norfolk (GBR) and as well as this year's NEC Masters title being on offer, the world No. 1 ranking will be an added incentive. World No. 2 Norfolk goes into the final on top form, remaining unbeaten in Amsterdam so far after a 60 61 victory over Nick Taylor (USA).

Di Toro snatches semifinal spot

After losing her opening two women's singles matches this week despite two battling performances, former NEC Masters finalist Daniela di Toro (AUS) saw her fortunes change on Friday as she gained a dramatic final set tiebreak victory over Sharon Walraven (NED). Di Toro edged to a 36 62 76(2) victory to become one of three player to complete the pool phase with one win and two losses. However, the 1997 runner-up moves in to the last four alongside defending champion Esther Vergeer and at the expense of former runners-up Walraven and Jiske Griffioen.

Vergeer progresses undefeated after dropping just three games to Griffioen to claim her 381st successive singles victory in international competition.

Di Toro will play world No. 2 Korie Homan (NED) in Saturday's semifinals after second seed Homan topped Pool 2 following the fastest victory of the day. Homan beat NEC Masters debutante Katharina Kruger (GER) 60 60 in 36 minutes and moves in to the last four after dropping a total of just four games in her three round-robin matches.

World No.3 Florence Gravellier (FRA), another former NEC Masters finalist, finished second to Homan in Pool 2 and goes on to play Vergeer after a tough 63 75 victory over Aniek van Koot in her crucial final pool match.

Olsson and Saida progress as Houdet goes out

Top seed and world No. 2 Stephane Houdet saw his bis for his first NEC Singles Masters title come to and end on Friday despite his three set win over Satoshi Saida (JPN). Saida's fine start to the week continued as he took the first set of his third pool match against Houdet. It was a set that proved crucial as Houdet went on to prevail 36 61 63 to take the match.

However, with Saida, Houdet and defending champion Stefan Olsson (SWE) each winning two of their three pool matches, Olsson and Saida's greater percentages of sets and games won against their total number of sets and games played proved the telling factor. Olsson maintained his title defence with a 64 62 win over Martin Legner (AUT).

Six-time NEC Masters champion Robin Ammerlaan (NED) won his crucial final pool match against Nicolas Peifer (FRA) 61 64 to take qualify for the semifinals in second place in Pool 2. Ammerlaan joins compatriot and world No. 3 Maikel Scheffers in the last four. Having already secured his semifinal berth, Scheffers completed his pool matches undefeated after a 64 61 victory over fellow Dutchman Ronald Vink.

Saturday's semifinals pitch Olsson against Ammerlaan in a rematch of last year's epic three set final. Meanwhile, Scheffers and Saida contest the other semifinal as world No. 11 Saida bids to continue his remarkable run in this year's event after only recently gaining his place in the field following the withdrawal of Shingo Kunieda.

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To view all the latest pool standings, please click here.

Order of Play - Friday, 20 November

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